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How to replace the fron axle mounting bushings?

I have a '74 280C (W114) with front axle mounting bushings shot. There are four of these rubber bushings. I have new parts to replace them, but I am wondering on the best way to gain access to the bushings. I have a factory manual which says to use a special tool to support the engine and another special jack to support and lower the front axle assembly to gain access to the bushings.

Has anyone replaced these mounting bushings without the special MB tools? What method did you use?

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Your car has the same front end as the W107 450 SL, 380, 500 and 560. I remember someone ovedr on Mercedesshop doing a bushing replacement anD posting pics of the procedure.

Alternatly, you can jack up the car, support it with jack stands and place a hydraulic jack under one side of the FS. Unbolt that side and slowly lower the subframe after unbolting the bushings. Watch those brake hoses.

It would be a good time to check all the ball joints and tie rod ends. Also, check the steering gear for leaks.

How to reseal a MB steering gear

I'll try to find the other posting.

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OK, here is one link that might help.

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That was very helpful information. I have nearly finished both sides.
For the record - I can add some hints when working on a 280 W114 car:
1. The air cleaner should be removed to avoid contact with the brake resorvoir.
2. Compressing the coil spring slightly allows the sides to drop down more without stretching or removing the brake hose. I used a 9/16 all thread rod 16 inches long with angle iron pieces to span the top and bottom gaps.
3. The passenger side has interference between the exhaust and the steering mounting bracket. I will report again if this proves to be more than a minor problem.

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1974 280C W114 (Now running - driven off and on this summer)
1968 200D (Engine rebuild planned)
1964 200 (gasser parts car) & 1966 200D (complete car - Got to run. Now to see if clutch can be repaired.)
1980 300D W123 (Parts car - engine runs, but trashed)
1981 240D W123 4 speed ( In sad shape when bought - many parts from '80 300D has back on the road. Needs work, but shows promise.)
1988 300TE W124 (Does not run. 180,000)
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Additional comments for changing front axle mounting bushings on 1974 280 W114:
The exhaust interference with the steering bracket is not a big issue. The right side can be lowered enough to remove the old bushings and install the new ones.
This method of lowering the front axle without removing the brake hoses is a trial and error process. You have to raise and lower the jacks and compress the spring as needed to get old parts out and new parts in. Patience is needed.
The toughest chore was scraping out the old rubber where it had bonded to the cup after 34 years.

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1974 280C W114 (Now running - driven off and on this summer)
1968 200D (Engine rebuild planned)
1964 200 (gasser parts car) & 1966 200D (complete car - Got to run. Now to see if clutch can be repaired.)
1980 300D W123 (Parts car - engine runs, but trashed)
1981 240D W123 4 speed ( In sad shape when bought - many parts from '80 300D has back on the road. Needs work, but shows promise.)
1988 300TE W124 (Does not run. 180,000)
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